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Water Purifier Patent

Portable water purifier

Water purifier abstract

There is disclosed a device adapted to provide water purified to human consumption level, and arranged for connection to a water supply. The device comprises a water purifier, a container for purified water and connections between the water purifier and the purified water container, The water purifier includes a filtering system that removes particles present in water to be purified as well as any undesirable adsorbable material, The filtering system is in fluid communication with the water supply on the one hand, and the container, on the other hand. The device also includes an ozone generator and a venturi for injecting ozone into filtered water downstream of the filtering system, but before introduction of the purified water into the container. A pump is arranged to draw water from the water supply, to feed same to the filtering system, and thereafter to the container. The container includes a bottle adapter imperviously mounted on the container and adapted for introducing purified water into the container as well as for recycling purified water to the water purifier, back to said container. An ozone destruction unit is provided to remove excess ozone that may escape from the purified water and controls are provided to operate the device.

Water purifier claims



I claim:

1. A device adapted to provide water purified to human consumption level, and arranged for connection to a water supply, said device comprising a water purifier, a container for purified water and means for connecting said water purifier to said purified water container, wherein said water purifier comprises filter means adapted to remove particles present in water to be purified as obtained from said water supply, and to adsorb undesirable adsorbable material therefrom, means allowing said filter means to be in fluid communication with said water supply on the one hand, and said container, on the other hand, an ozone generator and means for injecting ozone into filtered water downstream of said filter means, but before introduction of said purified water into said container, a pump arranged to draw water from said water supply, feed same to said filter means, and thereafter to said container, and wherein said container includes a neck portion, and a bottle adapter imperviously mounted on said neck portion and adapted for introducing purified water into said container as well as for recycling purified water to said water purifier, back to said container, said device also comprising an ozone destruction unit arranged to remove excess ozone that may escape from said purified water after same is introduced into said container, and control means operative to cause the pump to draw water from said water supply and deliver purified water to said container and to inject ozone in said filtered water, and when said container has been filled with purified water, said control means operates to stop drawing from said water supply and start recycling purified water to said water purifier for further purification and redelivery into said container.

2. The device according to claim 1 wherein said water purifier comprises a three-way valve, a valve duct connecting said three-way valve to said pump, a recycling duct connecting said three-way valve to said container via said bottle adapter, and a water inlet tube in connection with said three-way valve at an inner end thereof and connectable to said water supply at the outer end thereof.

3. The device according to claim 2 wherein said filter means comprise a sediment filter to be used for removing coarser particles from said water to be purified, a pump outlet duct connecting said sediment filter to said pump, an activated charcoal filter to be used for removing particles not retained by said sediment filter and to adsorb said undesirable adsorbable material, and a pipe connection allowing transfer of pre-filtered water from said sediment filter to said activated charcoal filter.

4. The device according to claim 3 which comprises a filter outlet duct connected at one end to said activated charcoal filter and at the other end to said ozonated water duct.

5. The device according to claim 4 which comprises a venturi ozone injector mounted along said filter outlet duct between said activated charcoal filter and said other end of said filter outlet duct, and in communication with said ozone generator, said venturi ozone injector operable to continuously deliver predetermined rates of ozone into filtered water that exits from said charcoal filter, as directed by said control means.

6. The device according to claim 5 wherein said water purifier comprises an oxygen bottle and an oxygen regulator associated therewith, and means for allowing a regulated delivery of oxygen from said oxygen bottle to said ozone generator.

7. The device according to claim 6 wherein said bottle adapter comprises a ring member shaped to be mounted over said neck portion, at least one clamp tightening mounted on said ring member to operate between an opened position wherein said ring member is easily engageable over or disengageable from said neck portion, and a closed position wherien said ring member is tightly and leaklessly engaged over said neck portion, said bottle adapter also comprising a distribution unit capable of being imperviously mounted on said ring member, said distribution unit including a level sensor adapted to indicate when said container is full of purified water thereby acting on said control means either to stop purification of water, or to initiate a recycling operation, an injection tube connected to said ozonated water duc to be used to inject purified water into said container, and a suction tube connected to said recycling duct to be used to recycle purified water to said water purifier back to said water container, said distribution unit having an inlet connector and an outlet connector, said inlet connector being connected with said ozonated water duct and in communication with said injection tube, said outlet connector being connected with said recycling duct and in communication with said suction tube.

8. The device according to claim 7 wherein said bottle adapter includes an ozone destruction unit mounted over said distribution unit and in communication with said distribution unit to remove any undesired ozone from said purified water.

Water purifier description

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

[0001] (a) Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a portable water purifier. More specifically, the invention is concerned with a device that can provide water that is purified to human consumption level, and that uses ozone to purify water obtained from a source of water of unknown purification state.

[0003] (b) Description of the Prior Art

[0004] Treating water with ozone is well known, as well as by using a number of filtering systems that are designed to remove undesirable matter from water intended to be purified.

[0005] A plurality of more or less complicated systems, mostly adapted for the industrial treatment of water, have been described in the following U.S. patent:

[0006] U.S. Pat. No. 3692180

[0007] U.S. Pat. No. 4007118

[0008] U.S. Pat. No. 4019986

[0009] U.S. Pat. No. 4687574

[0010] U.S. Pat. No. 5427693

[0011] U.S. Pat. No. 5785864

[0012] U.S. Pat. No. 5900143

[0013] U.S. Pat. No. 6200473

[0014] U.S. Pat. No. 6312588

[0015] However, these systems are either very complicated or are not suitable for providing a portable package that is capable of providing water that is very suitable for drinking purpose and that is cheap to operate and manufacture.

[0016] It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a portable device that can produce high quality water for human consumption.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

[0017] The invention relates to a device adapted to provide water purified to human consumption level, and that is arranged for connection to a water supply. The device generally comprises a water purifier, a container for purified water and means for connecting the water purifier to the purified water container. The water purifier comprises

[0018] filter means adapted to remove particles present in water to be purified as obtained from the water supply, and to adsorb undesirable adsorbable material therefrom,

[0019] means allowing the filter means to be in fluid communication with the water supply on the one hand, and the container, on the other hand,

[0020] an ozone generator and means for injecting ozone into filtered water downstream of the filter means, but before introduction of the purified water into the container,

[0021] a pump arranged to draw water from the water supply, feed same to the filter means, and thereafter to the container, and

[0022] wherein the container includes

[0023] a neck portion, and a bottle adapter imperviously mounted on the neck portion and adapted for introducing purified water into the container as well as for recycling purified water to the water purifier, back to the container,

[0024] the device also comprising an ozone destruction unit arranged to remove excess ozone that may escape from the purified water after introducing it into the container, and

[0025] control means operative to cause the pump to draw water from the water supply and deliver purified water to the container and to inject ozone in the filtered water, and when the container has been filled with purified water, the control means operates to stop drawing from the water supply and start recycling purified water to the water purifier for further purification and redelivery into the container.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0026] The invention is described un further details in a preferred embodiment which is given as a mere illustration of the invention and without limitation, with reference to the annexed drawings, in which:

[0027] FIG. 1A is a view in elevation of a portable water purifier in which a water bottle is in the process of being filled with purified water;

[0028] FIG. 1B is a view similar to FIG. 1A with the water bottle full of water;

[0029] FIG. 1C is a view similar to FIG. 1A wherein purified water in the filled water container is being recycled for further purification;

[0030] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a bottle adapter for mounting on the water bottle and delivering purified water thereto, the adaper being shown ready for mounting on the bottle; and

[0031] FIG. 3 is a partial cross-section view in elevation through the bottle adapter illustrated in FIG. 2 except that it is shown as mounted and fixed on the bottle.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0032] As shown, the device according to the embodiment illustrated in the drawings generally comprises an ozone water purifier 1 and a water container 3 wherein water purified in water purifier 1 is delivered into water container 3 by means of a duct system that will be described more in detail later.

[0033] Water purifier 1 will now be described in detail. First, it should be noted that the whole assembly of the purifier is suitably contained in a case of standard construction that includes a case base 5 and a case cover 7 both being articulately connected as known by means of hinges 9. The case has a handle 10 that allows to carry it by hand, although any other known means to achieve this purpose cans be used. The essential parts of water purifier 1 include a pump 11 that allows a continuous circulation of water through water purifier 1 to water container 3 and back to water purifier 1 when desired. Water purifier 1 also includes a 3-way electronic valve 13 that controls the introduction of water into water purifier via pump 11 and also towards and from water container 3 when recycling is considered important as will be seen later. There is also provided an ozone generator 15 with an associated control box 17 that manages the entire operation of the device, a filtering system made up of a sediment filter 19 and a activated charcoal filter 20 and a venturi ozone injector 21 that is designed to inject predetermined amounts of ozone into filtered water, that travels therethrough before sending purified water to water container 3.

[0034] More specifically, and with reference to FIG. 1A, it will be seen that water purifier 1 is connected to a water supply (not shown, but here designated by arrow 23) by means of water inlet tube 25 that connects at its inner end to water supply 23 and at its outer end to 3-way valve 13 at 27. On the other hand 3-way valve 13 is connected to pump 11 by means of valve duct 29 that is sealingly fixed at both ends thereof to 3-way valve and pump connectors (not shown). In turn, pump 11 is connected to sediment filter 19 by means of pump outlet duct 31 also sealingly fixed respectively to another pump connector (not shown) and a sediment filter connector (not shown).

[0035] Sediment filter 19 is connected to activated charcoal filter 20 by means of a pipe connection 33. At the outlet 35 of activated charcoal filter 20 there is provided a connector 35 and an outlet tube 3 is fixed at one end to that connector 35 and at the other end to ozone venturi injector 21 by means of connector 41. It will be realised that the filtered water that exits from both sediment filter 19 and activated charcoal filter 20 flows through outlet tube 37 and ozone venturi injector 21 in a direction towards water container 3 as will be seen more in detail later. It will also be noted that venturi ozone injector 21 is suitably disposed to receive ozone from ozone generator 15 via ozone duct 43 and is designed in known manner to inject predetermined amounts of ozone into the filtered water that travels along vemturi injector 21.

[0036] A first portion 45 of an ozonated water duct is connected at one end to water pipe connector 47 and at the other to case connector 49. The above describes the elements ensuring a water path through water purifier 1 as will readily be understood by one skilled in the art.

[0037] To complete the description of water purifier 1 it should be mentioned that the latter comprises an oxygen bottle 51 shown in dotted lines and connected to oxygen regulator 53 and pressure gauge 55 also shown in dotted lines, to supply ozone generator 17 with the required oxygen to provide desired amounts of ozone to the filtered water in venturi injector 21.

[0038] Referring again to the drawings, more particularly FIGS. 1A, 1B and 1C, it will be seen that water purifier 1 and water container 3 are connected together by means of a twin tube 55. The latter encloses the second portion 57 of the ozonated water duct, and a recycling duct 59 the purpose thereof will be discussed later. As shown, second portion 57 of the ozonated water duct is joined to first portion 45 by means of case connector 49. On the other hand, recycling duct 59 is connected at its inner end to 3-way valve 13 as shown. The connections at the outer ends of both the second portion 57 of the ozonated water duct and the recycling duct will be described later.

[0039] Turning now to water container 3 and with particular reference also to FIGS. 2 and 3 it will be seen that it is generally comprised of a bottle 61 and a bottle adapter 63. Bottle 61 can be selected among any suitable water containers, however in the illustrated embodiment, it has been shown as a standard eighteen liter bottle used on the market to contain drinking water. Of course any other suitable water container can be used without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention.

[0040] On the other hand, adapter 63 here consists of a ring member 65 of special construction, that is shaped to fit over the neck 67 of bottle 61 and is adapted to be snapped against neck 67 when the device is in operation. However, bearing in mind that adapter 63 must easily be placed over neck 67 and that when it is mounted thereon, it must be imperviously engaged, ring member 65 is of specific design. For this purpose, ring member 65 is formed with lateral openings 68 through which a pair of pivoting clamp tightening arms 69 71 are inserted, as shown. Each clamp tightening arm 69 71 is formed with a rotatable cam riding end 73 and is mounted on ring member 65 through openings 68 to pivot about pivot point 75.

[0041] Ring member 65 is additionally engaged with a distribution unit 76 with a seal member 77 separating them and closing opening 79 of neck 67 when the adapter 63 is mounted on bottle 61. So, when one wishes to mount the combination of ring member 65 and distribution unit 76 over neck 67 clamp tightening arms 6971 are first outwardly pivoted and this will slightly loosen up ring member 65 and allow easy sliding of ring member 65 over neck 67. An inward pivoting of clamp tightening arms 69 71 will thereafter tightly and imperviously engage ring member 65 over neck 67 as will be understood by one skilled in the art.

[0042] As illustrated particularly in FIG. 3 distribution unit 76 comprises an injection tube 81 and a suction tube 83 which both extend vertically therethrough to penetrate into bottle 61 as shown, as well as a water level sensor 84 (FIGS. 1A, 1B and 1C. Injection tube 81 on the one hand, prolongs just a short distance inside bottle 61 as particularly shown in FIGS. 1A, 1B and 1C, while suction tube 83 desirably reaches deep into the interior of the bottle, for example as shown in FIG. 1C. Elbow connectors 85 and 87 are also disposed as shown in distribution unit 76 to respectively connect ozonated water duct 57 and recycling duct 59 to bottle adapter 63. Distribution unit 76 is bored at 89 as shown, and a recess 91 is formed at the top of distribution unit 75 which is aligned with bore 89. An ozone destruction unit 93 of standard construction but which has a restricted lower end 95 is mounted at its lower restricted end 95 into recess 91 and is in connection with bore 89 to receive and destroy any released ozone from the purified water in bottle 61.

[0043] Turning back to FIGS. 1A, 1B and 1C, it will be seen that 3-way valve 13 is operatively connected to control box 17 by means of 3-way valve leads 97 and 99 in order to direct the device to proceed in a filling operation of bottle 61 or in a recycling operation for providing a water that is further purified.

[0044] In operation, the portable device is brought to a water supply and is connected thereto by means of water inlet tube 27. The control box 17 is then programmed to direct the ozone generator to feed predetermined amounts of ozone to the venturi injector, and the pump to initiate the procedure. If it is intended to proceed to a single purification without recycling, the 3-way valve is in position wherein a water purification step only, will take place. In this case, when the purified water in bottle 61 is at the level indicated in FIG. 1B, sensor 84 will act to stop operation of the purification system. Any ozone released in bottle 61 will ascend through bore 89 to be destroyed in known manner in ozone destruction unit 93.

[0045] If on the other hand it is preferred to recycle purified water that is present in bottle 61 for further purification, control box 17 is programmed to provide such operation. In this case, when bottle 61 has been filled as in the previous operation, sensor 84 will direct 3-way valve 13 to stop withdrawing water from the water supply and to suck filtered water from bottle 61 via recycling duct 59 for further filtering and ozone treatment, followed by feeding the further purified water back into bottle 61. The number of cycles can of course be programmed according to the wishes of the operator of the device.

[0046] It is understood that the invention is not restricted to the above embodiments and that it intends to cover any modification thereto, the scope thereof being defined in the appended claims.

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